Full of commanding beats, jagged synths and soaring vocals, Two Tribes‘ latest single ‘Cruel Sensuality’ is a cathartic oscillation between emotional resilience and the unexpected apathy that comes with the ending of a relationship. Taken from their upcoming EP, which is set for release in 2021, the London-based trio blend vivid electronic textures with jolting rhythms to create an anthemic new sound.
“The lyrics focus on detaching yourself emotionally from another person, making the transition from sensuous to desensitised, trying to figure out what part of yourself needs to be severed in order to leave a bad situation behind,” the band explain about the track. This emotional catharsis is led by Annalisa Iembo’s striking vocals, and accompanied by a backdrop of intoxicating electronica.
“Identity is a common theme in our music, and writing ‘Cruel Sensuality’ was an opportunity to explore the self-reflection and reinvention that occurs when dismantling a relationship”, the band continue. Formed of Patrick Smith (vocals/guitars), Annalisa Iembo (vocals/synths/samples) and Kim Engelhardt (bass), Two Tribes take inspiration from an eclectic range of influences such as Primal Scream, Jagwar Ma, Grimes and Pretty Hate Machine-era Nine Inch Nails, from which they’re carefully carving their own musical identity.
Listen to ‘Cruel Sensuality’ below.